M. Alex Johnson – Journalist at Large

An analog journalist in a digital world

The Reader’s Guide to Journalists

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Rule No. 58: A public official is always “beleaguered” if anyone has said anything negative about him or her in the past two weeks.

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October 1, 2014 at 2:57 pm

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gateRule No. 57: Adding “-gate” to a noun means we think something’s fishy here but no one’s been convicted yet.

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September 25, 2014 at 11:56 am

This is what the ‘M.’ stands for, and here’s why I use it

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AJ in Rome-WoodcutThis blog was dead for about three months while I tried to work out a DNS conflict with my host. It’s back now only after I decided to throw in the towel and park it at WordPress.

To celebrate this auspicious return, I thought I’d answer the question I’m most often asked: Why the hell is your byline M. Alex Johnson?

Until about four years ago, I thought journalists who tacked an initial in front of their name — an initial initial, so to speak — were pompous. Then two things happened:

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September 18, 2014 at 7:54 pm

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Rule No. 56: All heroes are “unsung” up until the moment they appear on morning network television.

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September 18, 2014 at 11:27 am

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Rule No. 55: A person is “well-known” if spell-check doesn’t underline his or her name in red.

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September 17, 2014 at 3:16 pm

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Rule No. 54: “At first glance” means we started with this lede, but the reporting didn’t pan out.

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September 17, 2014 at 2:05 pm

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Rule No. 53: Any place that isn’t New York, Boston, Los Angeles or San Francisco is “the heartland.”

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April 10, 2014 at 1:53 pm

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